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Old 08-22-2012, 08:49 AM   #1
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6 bulb t5Ho w/ timer & LEDs on ebay

Do you think this is a decent fixture?

36" INCH 3 FT 6pc HO T5 AQUARIUM REEF LIGHTS 234W w/Build-in Timer | eBay
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:17 PM   #2
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I would have 2 concerns:

1. Is the fixture UL listed? There are a lot of stories out there about cheap aquarium fixtures starting on fire.

2. It looks to me as if the bulbs are not individually reflected. This will significantly reduce your PAR at depth. Good T5HO fixtures have individual reflectors for each bulb.

What do you plan to use this for? (size of tank and application, i.e. reef or FW planted)
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:31 PM   #3
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This is a 45 gallon with a depth of24 inches. It is going to be a reef tank.
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Ok. I think it would be enough light. I would just question the 2 areas I raised.
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:39 AM   #5
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Thank you. We're seriously considering the Aquaticlife 6 bulb fixture as it looks like that one has individual reflectors.
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:38 AM   #6
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We ordered this light fixture over the weekend from Doctors Foster and Smith. I know that light fixtures usually come with bulbs that should be upgraded from the start. What 6 bulbs would you reccommend?
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:42 AM   #7
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I use 3 actinics 2 Fiji purples and a new generation 14k.... It just depends on the preference you have towards color. Some like it really blue while others like white.
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Old 08-27-2012, 01:26 PM   #8
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Could you post a pic. so we can see the color with your bulbs?
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I can't capture the true color with my phone but here's a couple trying to fix the white saturation... its got a pretty natural light look in person I'd say a white with a hint of blue and purple which makes the whites look great imo
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:25 AM   #10
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I got a quad fixture from them last week which is also 36 inches.great fixture btw, does run very hot though I'm going to mount a few small fans on the vents
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